Boeing awards $75K grant to Tacoma Goodwill job training program

The Boeing Company recently awarded Tacoma Goodwill with a $75,000 grant to continue the organization’s Career Pipeline Project in Warehouse & Logistics. Launched in 2009 in partnership with Tacoma Community College, this free, seven-week, 30-hour a week intensive course provides employer-approved classes in the transportation/Warehouse/Logistics field to job seekers 18 and older, and provides case management support to help each person succeed in class, in finding work, in career advancement, or in further education. Offered quarterly at Goodwill’s three work opportunity center sites in Tacoma, Longview and Yakima, the Tacoma Community College course is delivered via videoconference technology to maximize community impact.

“We are grateful for the support of the Boeing Company, and are committed to seeing this program and its participants succeed,” said Terry Hayes, CEO of Tacoma Goodwill. Participants are taught by instructors with real world job experience. Over the seven weeks, they learn basic computer, customer service, and work-readiness skills, visit local logistics operation sites, and earn a general warehouse clerk certificate, forklift certificate and can apply for the national Certified Logistics Assistant (CLA) credential. Graduates are then assisted in job placement with local and regional employers in the industry.

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